Monday, July 24, 2017

Malaysian is Australia's MasterChef 2017

Congratulations to (Melbourne based) Diana Chan of Johor for winning the Australian MasterChef 2017 competition

From the Sydney Morning Herald (extracts):

... the final challenge was the one that almost broke her. For six gruelling hours, Chan and Ungermann had to recreate a dessert by world champion chocolatier Kirsten Tibballs.

The dish was a series of faux fruits that, when cut open, oozed apple sauce and salted caramel. Chan had trouble assembling the complex elements, and broke her pear's stem with just seconds left on the clock.

"Doing that cook was the most stressful situation I've ever been in in my life," she said. "By the end, it was just all waterworks."

Chan said after seven months in front of the cameras, she's now knuckling down to make sure her dream of opening a restaurant becomes a reality. She said fans could expect to purchase fast, "wholesome meals" that embrace fusion flavours.

"I definitely want to have Malaysian influences," she said. "But balanced, wholesome and delicious – that's my criteria."

(left) Diana Chan, (centre) Sarah Tiong, Malaysia's other strong competitor

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